The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Presents:

UU Film Series Program on the Death Penalty

URBANA, Ohio (April 8, 2013) - The Urbana University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences invites the public to the final program of The 2012-13 Film Series Lectures with Karen Benton, associate professor of criminal justice, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 4 p.m. in the Urbana University Student Center Sara Landess Room. The program is “The Ultimate Punishment” with the film Death Penalty. There is no charge. The building and room are handicapped accessible.

Karen Benton has been a member of the Urbana University faculty since 2001. In 2003, she was the recipient of the “Excellence in Teaching” Award from Southern Ohio Council on Higher Education (SOCHE). She received her bachelor of arts degree in human services administration from Antioch University: The McGregor School, and a master of arts degree in criminal justice/social issues from Wright State University.

In her role as a faculty member of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, she created and implemented the new master’s degree in criminal justice administration; a unique program that offers a comprehensive examination of the criminal justice system, an exploration of criminal and delinquent behaviors, and a foundation in research and statistics. 

In 1981 she began her career in criminal justice as a probation officer for Clark County Juvenile Court. She served as an intensive supervision probation officer for juvenile sex offenders for 13 years. Then in 1986 she was made director of Diversion Programming and grants coordinator with the primary responsibility of oversight and management of the community-wide Diversion program, the primary prevention program of the juvenile court system. Ms. Benton assisted in the development of the regional Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment Coalition. She is also a board member of the Clark County Victim/Offender Reconciliation Program; a member of the Fighting Back Community Partnership, chair of the Criminal Justice System; a trained mediator; board member for Youth as Resources (YAR); a certified juvenile probation officer trainer for the State of Ohio; and founding member and first vice-president of the Ohio Juvenile Diversion Association.

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